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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Jun-Jul
6 | www.probussouthpacific.org VIEW FROM THE CHAIR First word I wish to sincerely thank the Board members of Probus Centre – South Pacific Inc. for entrusting me with the position of Chairman. It is indeed a great pleasure and a great honour. In my first Chairman’s message, let me introduce myself. I live with my wife L ynne in Hamilton, in the Western District of Victoria's Southern Grampians Shire. It is traditionally a farming area, and Probians are well catered for, as is the whole population. Mount Gambier, Penola in South Australia, Halls Gap in the Grampians, or even Warrnambool and Portland along the coast are all within driving distance. It’s a great area to live! Thanks I would first like to thank our Immediate Past Chair, Jean Burford from Christchurch New Zealand, for leading and guiding the Board over the past 12 months. Jean has done an excellent job with the challenges of new programs underway. Jean will now become Immediate Past Chair on the Board. Congratulations to our three newly- elected Board members. We wish you each well and know that you will contribute fully with your dedication, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. I’m looking forward to working closely with the PCSP staff under the direction of General Manager Patricia Atkinson. Their dedication, enthusiasm and work ethic are outstanding. With such a small staff (of just four) their output is incredible, keeping in mind there are over 2240 Probus clubs and over 183,000 Probus members. To all the newly installed Presidents and executive in the individual clubs, interest groups and associations, we wish you well and hope that you enjoy the year ahead. District Chair training In May each year (after the quarterly PCSP Board meeting), we invite the 28 Rotary District Probus Chairs to Parramatta for two days of training. Under the Rotary banner these people are assigned the role of being 'out and about' within their Probus districts and Probus communities. They are now back home after their latest training session, visiting and assisting Probus clubs. New magazine What do think of our new look, new approach Probus flagship publication, Active RetireesTM? This is our first issue with our new publisher. The decision to change publishers was not made lightly, but with considerable thought and discussion. We thank RDU Pty Ltd for leadership and guidance over the past 25 years . Above all, Probus is about fun, friendship and fellowship. Active RetireesTM is tomorrow's vision for Probus, and we are excited about the new magazine – we hope you enjoy it! Ken Brand PCSP Chairman 2011-2012 Above all, Probus is about fun, friendship and fellowship.
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